On the Accelerate conference In Florida, the Chinese technology company Lenovo presented a prototype of the so-called “world’s first foldable PC”. SVP Christian Teismann showed on Tuesday how impressive and diverse such a device can be. It can be opened into a 13-inch tablet, folded horizontally into a booklet, or placed on a table to mimic the shape of a standard laptop. The ThinkPad X1 PC with foldable display will also be equipped with a mechanical keyboard and a stylus pen.
The PC is part of the ThinkPad X1 product line – a range of business-oriented laptops and tablets that Lenovo acquired from IBM in 2005. However, this model will not be similar to any other laptop. “This is not a phone, tablet, or familiar hybrid. This is a full-fledged laptop with a foldable screen. ”Lenovo claims to have developed the prototype over the past three years. It will hit the market sometime in 2020. We’ll share all the early information from the Accelerate Conference with you.
SVP Christian Teismann at the Accelerate Conference
ThinkPad X1 PC with Foldable Display: The Specs We Know Right Now
Lenovo has disclosed few of the specifications of its foldable PC. As far as we know, the new device has a 13.3-inch display. LG is responsible for the flexible screen, OLED panel with 2K resolution and 4: 3 aspect ratio.
The PC is based on Windows and is equipped with an Intel CPU processor.
The device has a built-in infrared camera that can, for example, run Windows Hello, a biometric security system for face recognition. Two USB-C ports and stereo speakers are also included. The battery should last a full day when fully charged.
The foldable display PC also comes with a wireless bluetooth keyboard, possibly a Wacom pen, and mobile phone support. It’s also quite light, weighing less than 1 kilo.
Lenovo has not yet announced a price for this unique device. But if you consider that foldable smartphones currently cost around 2,000 euros, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if the company would charge between 3,000 and 4,000 euros for them.
At first glance you can hardly tell that this booklet is a laptop
ThinkPad X1 PC with foldable display: The three different modes
During the Accelerate Conference, Teismann showed the three modes of the foldable laptop. Thanks to the supplied accessories, users can customize their PC with a foldable display to suit their needs. Here are the three basic modes at a glance.
Tablet mode: If both halves of the device are open and lying horizontally, you have a tablet with a full 13-inch OLED display in your hand. This mode is ideal for streaming, watching TV and playing games. But if you take out the pen, you will now have a digital sketch pad. When you plug in the mechanical keyboard, you essentially have a familiar desktop PC in front of you.
Bluetooth keyboard for traditionalists included
Creators can draw instantly with the pen
Booklet mode: If you fold both halves of the screen halfway, the booklet mode is activated. This is ideal for reading or multitasking, as different apps can be displayed on both screens.
PC, notebook, tablet, drawing pad and Kindle in one!
Notebook mode: If you rotate the device vertically and open it 90 degrees, the notebook mode is activated. Half of the device that is on the table becomes a digital keyboard. The second remains a compact notebook display. This is especially intended for quick office tasks on the go, such as answering e-mails or taking notes in class.
Ideal for traveling, on the plane or bus
Whether at university, in the office, on the go or at home – a ThinkPad X1 PC with a foldable display could be a reality in the next few months and become your newest best tech friend.